SOCIETY in Pakistan has been regularly hearing slogans of revolution by parties like the PTI for a long time and most recently by Dr Tahirul Qadri. It has been a historical fact that whenever a nation is deprived of its basic rights and the system fails to meet the expectations of the people, the call for revolution instils.

But to ensure a clear vision it is important to maintain the difference between revolution and reformation.

Reformation is an evolutionary process. It accepts the structure of the present system and calls for legislative changes with the yardstick of the existent system.

Revolution is a process of political birth and a hard line change but reformation is subordinated to established institutions. Political reform within the premises of state architecture never brings about the change in political principles but adhere to them.

If someone calls for changes in the constitution, then he must know that it is not the call for revolution because constitution is legislative expression of the existent state and idea, while revolution is overthrowing it with installation of alternative state and idea.

Working under the umbrella of the constitution but rejecting the system means cutting the trunk of the same tree which you have climbed, and this is insane.

On the other hand, time has witnessed the French revolution, the Communist revolution and the Islamic revolution in Madina.

These revolutions did not go for gradual changes within the pre-existing system, rather led to the collapse of regimes and installation of a totally different model of governance in place.

In simple words, with partial legislative changes a capitalist society can neither be transformed into communist nor Islamist society and vice versa.

Although there are differences between dictatorship and democracy, for 65 years both processes have put capitalism into practice. If Pakistan continues to revolve or evolves within the same system, then the word ‘revolution’ must not be politically exploited.

The second choice is a different ideological model of governance. The two most likely options are socialism and caliphate. The latter fits the fabric of Pakistani society. Lastly, peaceful transitions are impossible if the people in power refrain from standing with the people.

SAYYED BILAL     Karachi

Discipline

DR Qadri’s sit-in ended in a peaceful manner. We may have difference on his stance or demands but we cannot deny the enthusiasm and discipline of the huge crowd.

No damage by the crowd has been reported during the long march and sit-in. We should appreciate their peaceful protest for democracy.

MUSSADIQ NIAZI     Islamabad

Lessons learnt

WITHOUT going into controversies surrounding Dr Tahirul Qadri’s agenda, a number of lessons could be drawn from the long march led by him. With an able leadership, a mammoth crowd can remain disciplined and organised despite hostile weather and lack of facilities.

Furthermore, Islam is the religion of peace and its followers can pursue jihad against injustice without violence if the leader appropriately trains them. Also, women and men can work together for the achievement of common goals if they have trustworthy leadership.

Finally, our nation can be groomed to demonstrate civic sense by protecting national assets such as streetlights and other fixtures if the leader has the charisma to inspire them.

DR NAJEEB A. KHAN Islamabad

Contradictions

ALTHOUGH Dr Tahirul Qadri has not succeeded in enforcing his agenda for the time being, he has ended it with a strong speech against the corrupt culture of politics and governance. Obviously, no one was wishing him to go for violence, especially in the presence of innocent children and women and given the severity of the weather.

Although he had educated the nation on true implementation of the constitution, he really let down every change-seeker when he was sharing lighter moments with government functionaries and agreed to a guarantee by Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf on whose arrest order Dr Qadri had announced that half of his job was done. It was ridiculous.

ZAFAR JAMAL JASRA      Lahore

Maturity

A PERSON is sitting inside a container worth Rs50 million with an internal heating system, constant food supply, shelter and protection, making speeches to the people sitting out in the cold with  literally nothing Do the people really think that they have found themselves a revolutionary leader?

How can we just allow a person having a foreign nationality dictate to us what to do? It is not that the other politicians are loyal. The question is: can Dr Tahirul Qadri be trusted?

Will this step help us to achieve a democratic country? What is he trying to prove? We, the people of Pakistan, need a lot more maturity if we really need a change.

NIDA RAHIM     Sargodha

Updated Jan 25, 2013 03:52am

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Comments (7) (Closed)


Malick
Jan 26, 2013 09:47pm
Qaudri revolution of course slow but very safe, no destruction, within constitution and affordable, and shame to those who attacked Supreme Court, those who put the properties and busses on fire, loot the banks and kills the lives. PMLN and all other should follow DR Qaudri bahadur.
Cyrus Howell
Jan 26, 2013 09:16pm
We are seeing the fires of the reformation in the Middle East and North Africa. A reformation would hardly be confined to Pakistan alone.
kam
Jan 26, 2013 12:16am
Silly coment by Nida. What is your proposal, to sit at home and do nothing? Qadri has shaken the ground upon which these evil corrupt politicians stand. Its a start. As regards foreigners, they may yet know how to run your country better than you. Remember Hong Kong under the British.? If you cant put your own house in order others may need to do it for you.
saaz
Jan 25, 2013 09:45pm
Other than admiring Dr. Qadri's impressive skills to control a size-able mass of people and with his relentless discourse through a number of days, rightfully criticising the government and the corrupt system therein, while maintaining the peace, law and order! I also tend to think that it was an exercise in futility because the government's position hasn't budged on demands/issues Dr. Qadri talked about. But on the contrary, the government succeeded in defusing that very potent charge Dr. Qadri's massive procession carried, which had all the markings of a successful and impacting movement. But now it sadly appears as if it was a good storming with all the right moves, unfortunately amply premature and short lived. I now wonder what role Dr. Qadri is going to play prior to, during and after the up-coming elections. Because, if he really wants to bring those talked about changes/reforms and help put the derailed country on tracks again! then I believe that he has to play an active role in some kind of political capacity for the movement to become and remain effective and consequently leading the nation to a successful plato. Because screaming and shouting from side lines is not going to make an iota of difference other than encouraging corrupt politicians and self-serving functionaries to shoot down yet another attempt of similar nature if it isn't resolute and or deeply rooted! saaz, Montreal Canada
nooralam
Jan 27, 2013 01:57am
Qadri was right in saying that they all have agenda of looting and has strong alliance and friendship in corruption. Pir pagara name by the president is an attempt to derail the democracy, is he a non political and fair person who will conduct fair election? No absolutely not, once again we see Qadri coming back on this? And if he comes back, present leadership will be uprooted for ever including their cronies.wake up corrupt and incompetent leadership!!!
nooralam
Jan 27, 2013 02:01am
Be Pakistani buy Pakistani It is beyond my comprehension as to why there is a craze in our society for buying imported things, not only is this done at the cost of neglecting locally produced items but it also damages our economy. Whenever we go to the market we emphasize on buying imported items. There are scores of good quality items which are produced in our country but we ignore them and purchase only imported items. Why don?t we buy locally produced items? The secret to the success of the Chinese nation has been that its citizens prefer and purchase locally made items only; there are very few items that China allows to be imported. When we buy locally produced items the demand for such items increases which will help in buying such items at a comparatively cheap cost against the one that we offer for an imported item. This will also give a boost to our local industries. By simply saying that ?I love my country? wont reflect our patriotism unless we start loving and buying our locally produced items our stated patriotic sentence will be treated as mere eye-wash. True patriotism reflects through practical approach and not through giving superficial patriotic statements. If we have to be a true Pakistani, then we must buy our locally produced items.
nooralam
Jan 27, 2013 02:03am
ALTHOUGH Dr Tahirul Qadri has not succeeded in enforcing his agenda for the time being, he has ended it with a strong speech against the corrupt culture of politics and governance. Obviously, no one was wishing him to go for violence, especially in the presence of innocent children and women and given the severity of the weather. Although he had educated the nation on true implementation of the constitution, he really let down every change-seeker when he was sharing lighter moments with government functionaries and agreed to a guarantee by Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf on whose arrest order Dr Qadri had announced that half of his job was done. It was ridiculous.